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Volleyball Recaps: September 16

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 09/16/2017
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Winthrop 3, Alabama A&M 0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-14)
Jacksonville State 3, Alabama A&M 0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-18)

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Alabama A&M dropped to 0-11 on the season following two setbacks versus Winthrop and Jacksonville State during The Citadel's Bulldog Invitational.

Against Winthrop, Mikel Coleman put down seven kills to lead the Lady Bulldogs. Syretha Pride had five kills. Meredith Sieck put up 16 assists, and Terra Brooks posted 10 digs.

Alabama A&M was hampered by sluggish starts to the first two sets, as Winthrop used 14-6 leads and 12-6 leads to take frame one and two, respectively. The Lady Bulldogs opened quickly in set three, going ahead 7-4 thanks to consecutive kills by Pride. However, Winthrop went on a 14-4 run that wrested control of the set from the Lady Bulldogs for good.

Brooks had nine kills against Jacksonville State, and Sieck dished out 27 assists. In a role reversal of its earlier match with Winthrop, Alabama A&M managed to build leads in the first two sets to position itself for victory, but the Lady Bulldogs ultimately failed to protect their advantages. AAMU led 11-8 in set one before ill-timed misfires helped JSU climb back into it and ultimately go ahead for good. Alabama A&M then lost a 12-6 lead only to turn it around and build a 20-19 lead that did not last. Jacksonville State largely controlled set three, cruising to the win.

North Texas 3, Jackson State 0 (25-13, 25-7, 25-17)

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Jackson State fell to 1-13 after closing out the Mississippi State Maroon Classic with a straight-set defeat versus North Texas.

Alexandra Burney led Jackson State with eight kills. Tyler Moorer posted 11 digs, and Terri Irving and Sapphire Simpson chipped in nine assists each.

After dropping one-sided affairs in sets one -- during which the Lady Tigers battled to an 11-11 tie before surrendering 12 straight points -- and two, Jackson State needed a furious comeback to avoid a double-digit loss in set three. However, the early 16-7 deficit was too much to overcome as Jackson State got no closer than four.

Dayjah Stewart was named to the Maroon Classic All-Tournament team for Jackson State. 

Western Carolina 3, Mississippi Valley State 0 (25-6, 25-19, 25-18)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Mississippi Valley State (1-12) dropped a three-set affair to Western Carolina in the Devilettes' final match of UAB's Fight Like Hal Memorial Tournament.

Kalin Barnes led MVSU with six digs and five kills. Bianca Watkins put up 11 assists and Jessica Bell added 15 digs.

After a forgettable set one, the Devilettes were nearly doubled up early in set two as they fell behind 17-8. Valley made it a bit interesting late when -- facing a 24-15 deficit, Watkins dished out two service aces as part of a 4-0 run, but the momentum was stopped there, and Mississippi Valley faded down the stretch of set three.

Murray State 3, Southern 0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-20)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Southern (0-10) lost to Murray State during its final match of the University of Alabama's Crimson and White Tournament.

Paige Hall had nine kills and four blocks to pace Southern, and Shelby Jolly added seven kills. Vaterra Calais dished out 15 assists, and Bailey Jefferson added 12 digs. Arabella Hall was unable to get on track for the Jaguars, adding just two kills.

The Jaguars were the aggressor early on, building on a fast start to take an 18-12 advantage into the stretch run of set one, but committed several errors -- seven in total -- as Murray State took the lead with a 11-3 run and ultimately stole the set.

After a double-digit loss in set two, Southern shook off a slow start  -- Murray State scored 10 of the frame's first 15 points -- to take an 11-10 lead in the final period. The sides traded points from there before a Ranaja Taylor kill put Southern up 18-17. However, the Jaguars were outscored 8-2 the rest of the way.

Grambling State 3, Texas A&M International 0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-20)
Arkansas-Monticello 3, Grambling State 1 (25-17, 23-25, 25-16, 31-29)

MAGNOLIA, Ark. - Grambling State (3-10) split a pair of matches on Saturday at the Dr. Margaret Downing Invitational as the Lady Tigers defeated Texas A&M-International, 3-0, but fell to Arkansas-Monticello, 3-1, at the W.T. Watson Center.

In the opener against Texas A&M-International, Grambling's Chasity Nicks led the winning charge for the Lady Tigers with 10 kills and 11 digs, while L’Muriell Thrower added 18 assists and 10 digs. Diemend Richardson finished with 16 assists. Erineka Mollere chipped in with 13 digs, while Talicia Lang added 11 digs.

Leah McManus led the Dustdevils with 12 kills, while Ronnie Fountain added 25 assists. Lacy Asdourian recorded 18 digs.

In the second match of the day, Arkansas-Monticello picked up the win despite standout individual performances by Grambling.

Kevreion Ward paced the Lady Tigers offense with 14 kills. Thrower and Richardson finished with 17 and 16 assists, respectively. Mollere chipped with a match-high 24 digs and Nicks added 11 digs. Maggie Pyles led Arkansas-Monticello with 20 kills and 19 digs, Vanessa Pawlaw added 12 kills. Toryn Cox finished with a double-double of 39 assists and 11 digs. Macy Mitchell registered 16 digs and Katie Kuehl added 12.

Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information

Tulane 3, Alabama State 0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-22)
Alabama State 3, Northwestern State 2 (18-25, 25-18, 19-25, 25-19, 15-12)

NEW ORLEANS - Briana Dorsey and Asha Daniels were each named to the All-Tournament Team at the Tulane Invitational as Alabama State split a pair of matches on the final day of the tournament.

Alabama State (6-7) dropped the opener to Tulane behind eight kills and four blocks from Dorsey, while she hit .389. Bayle’ Bennett added seven kills and four digs, while Krysta Medearis added six kills.

Kori Kutsch recorded another double-double this season, with 16 assists and 10 digs. Tulane (10-2) was led Kristen Thompson with 11 kills and Alex Silver with 10.

The Lady Hornets ended the tournament with a 3-2 victory over Northwestern State to claim their fourth victory in five matches.

Ni’yesha Brown led Alabama State with 13 kills, while hitting .263, and six digs. Medearis and Dorsey each finished with 10 kills in the match for the Lady Hornets. Kutsch recorded her second double-double on the night with 23 assists and 18 digs, while Justus Tuiolosega finished her own double-double with 18 assists and 13 digs.

Daniels led Alabama State with 25 digs, while Bennett added 18.

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications

Northern Colorado 3, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0 (25-11, 25-13, 25-13)

GREELEY, Colo. - Arkansas-Pine Bluff fell to 1-12 on the season after a 3-0 loss to host Northern Colorado during the Lady Bears' Hampton Inn Classic.

Emily McCook posted seven kills to lead the Lady Lions, who struggled to slow down the Lady Bears' attack in the match. Lisa Casimie added five kills, and Kendalle Howard chipped in four. Britney Salhmann had 15 assists.

UAPB only mustered five kills in set one and was limited to a .083 attack percentage during the frame. While UAPB did improve on its numbers as the match progressed, the same could be said for Northern Colorado, who connected on more than 60 percent of its attacks in set two and surpassed a 40 percent success rate in the third and final set.

Casimie earned All-Tournament honors for the Lady Lions.


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